Basel is the romantic Swiss city on the Rhine with some world-class museums, a vibrant art and theater scene and lots of shopping and food market delights! It is Switzerland’s third-largest city with domestic-like proximity to some major German and French cities. The history of Basel begins with ancient Celtic communities around 2,500 years ago, followed by the Romans just a few centuries later. Basel has always enjoyed an enviable location alongside the River Rhine, which brought to it much wealth. Over the centuries, Basel has been seen as a place where leaders met to end their disputes – it remained neutral in both world wars. Travelers wishing to learn about the history of the city should head straight into the Old Town (Vieille Ville). In June, Basel hosts Art Basel, the world’s premier art exhibition and in March, the yearly Fasnacht for the carnival while the Christmas festive season finds the ultimate expression in Basel with decorations, multiple events and illuminations by fairy lights and streets lined with Christmas trees. During spring and summer, the Rhine is the perfect place for a stroll for the architecture, a dip or a pleasant ferry trip; locals and guests love the 300 days of sun that Basel enjoys.